Drinking coffee, tea might help you avoid the holiday bulge

This one's for all the caffeine lovers out there! Your favourite cuppa might help you avoid the holiday weight gain! Yes, you read that right!
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Drinking coffee might help you shed those extra kilos during the holidays. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Updated: 26 Dec 2019, 11:09 am IST
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For many of us, a piping hot cup of tea or coffee serves as an ultimate morning fix. If you happen to fall in the same category, here’s a bit of good news for you. Drinking your favourite cuppa might do a lot more good than just helping you overcome the early morning sleep inertia.

According to a study from the University of Illinois, consumption of caffeine can potentially control holiday weight gain and cholesterol levels by blunting the effects of a diet that’s high in sugars and fats.

The study was carried out on rats who were fed a relatively unhealthy diet for four weeks in a row, reports Fox News. The diet comprised 40-45 percent carbohydrates and just 15 percent protein. In conjugation to this, the rats were administered a tea containing phytochemicals, flavonoids, and amino acids.

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Do you know that coffee and its antioxidants can keep premature ageing at bay? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The findings of this study suggest that the rats that were administered caffeine dropped a significant amount of body fat. The weight gain slowed down by 16% and the fat absorption went down by 22%.

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The consumption of caffeine from (tea) or from other sources alleviated the negative impact of a high-fat, high-sucrose diet on body composition due to the modulation of certain lipogenic enzymes in both adipose tissue and the liver,” said Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, who co-authored this study.

To further explore the efficacy of these caffeine-containing beverages in aiding weight loss and cholesterol control, these findings can be scaled according to the human model.

With inputs from ANI

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